General Business Environment

  Country Commercial Guides.
These U.S. Department of Commerce reports are designed to encourage U.S. firms operating in foreign markets.  The South Africa report covers business, investment and trade environment, the political and economic environment and leading sectors

  World Bank Doing Business
Navigate to the Doing Business 2017 South Africa publication or dig deeper to subnational reports with rankings on startup regulations, registering property, labor regulation, taxes, availability of credit, and ease of trade to name a few dimensions covered

  UHY Doing Business Guides
Navigate to the report on South Africa prepared by UHY a global accounting and management consulting firm.

  Deloitte Taxation & Investment Guides
Get the report on South Africa covering starting a business, taxation, investment and labor regulations

  Economist Intelligence Unit
Country Commerce reports covers practical aspects of doing business, market indicators & forecasts provides data time series and Reports covers economics and politics

  Global Edge
Curated links to reliable sources on trade, history, government, culture, risk measures & leading businesses.

Business & investment weekly for South Africa

  Business Unity South Africa
Trade Association with a vision "A unified voice of business which serves to keep business interests at the heart of economic and socio-economic policy"

  South African Chamber of Commerce


Most of the sources listed in the General Business Environment section cover politics, government and regulation.  The sources listed hear provide some depth.

  Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)

  OxResearch (Oxford Analytica; ProQuest)
OxResearch provides country reports and news releases.  Plug "South Africa" into the Location field.

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
For IHS and BMI reports type "South Africa" in the top search line, use the drop down to limit to "geographic term" Search and use the Source Type to limit to Country Reports

  OECD Statistics
Browse by Theme and Country to find relevant reports

  Lexis Nexis Academic  Limitations on Use
For BBC Monitor and Business Monitor Online search by Subject or Topic, Country Information, Advanced Search, use the drop down to choose South Africa, check off desired publications and possibly use the drop down to limit by date

  BBC News Country Profile South Africa
While here brows current news.

  The World Factbook (CIA)
Provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

  South African Government
Government's web site for official documents & news

Local Culture/Religion

In addition to the sources listed here, the CIA WorldFact book has a relevant section on the people and society in South Africa.

  Expeditionary Culture Field Guide: South Africa
U.S. Air Force manual describing South African culture and society simply and succinctly.

  Encyclopedia of Africa

  New Encyclopedia of Africa

  Passport (Euromonitor International)  Limitations on Use
Use the Consumers tab to find reports on consumer lifestyles and trends in South Africa

  Center for Intercultural Learning (Canada) South Africa
Tips on communication, relationships, and culture from a Canadian lens.

  Kwintessential Guide to South Africa
Etiquette, culture, customs

Deep dive into electronic communication & e-commerce penetration and usage patterns


The literature on cross cultural business negotiation in South Africa is not well developed.  You can look for articles or books on business negotiation in South Africa in the general business article databases listed below.  Direct links to research that may be relevant are included below.

Chinese Business Negotiations:  South African Experiences and Perspective

Building Competitive Advantage from ubuntu

International Business Negotiations in a Globalizing World

South African Negotiation Approaches and Behaviours in the Chinese Business Context

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Provides access to a wide range of academic business journals and trade magazines. Topics include management, marketing, finance, economics, and management information systems. Full text access may be embargoed for up to three years. Coverage goes back to 1965.

  ABI/INFORM Collection (ProQuest)
Provides access to scholarly journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, and country- and industry-focused reports.

  Falvey Library Catalog (Books & Media)
Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.